The sale of the cider unit CSR - announced last week by Pernod
Ricard - will see the disposal of the last remaining non-core
business, allowing the French group to finally devote all its
efforts to building its wine and spirits empire.
The sale of Novartis's health food and drink brands could finally
be completed soon, with trade buyers apparently lined up for
Isostar and Ovaltine, and Nestle thought to be interested in the
health food brands.
Laurent-Perrier Champagne has released a new version of its Grand
Siecle La Cuvee wine in the US, at the same time reducing the price
to around €80 a bottle in a bid to attract greater numbers of
consumers to high quality wines.
Pilsner Urquell, the flagship Czech beer of the SABMiller group, is
to be produced in Poland under licence - a clever move to ensure
greater penetration for the brand or the first step on the slippery
slope to turning it into a bland,...
Scientific research would suggest that the colorants called
anthocyanins in strong-coloured berries like red berries,
blueberries and blackcurrants may have a role in preventing heart
disease. A three-year European-funded collaborative...
Belgium's Interbrew has acquired the US rights to its Bass Ale
brand, bringing a premature end to an earlier agreement with
Diageo. The comapny also reported a slide in profits in the first
half, despite some good performances...
The ownership of two of the best-known vodkas from Eastern Europe
could be under threat. The Russian government has announced that it
plans to sell licences to produce Stolichnaya to the highest
bidders, while Poland is proposing...
The South Korean market is one of the largest in the world for
Scotch whisky, in particular deluxe blends. With this in mind, the
maker of Famous Grouse has created a new range of whiskies under
the Lancelot name in association with...
Budejovicky Budvar, the Czech brewer, has registered the name
Czechvar for the beer it sells in the US, but will continue the
fight against rival Anheuser-Busch over the right to the name
Budweiser in other markets.
The European Commission has given the all clear to the purchase of
a stake in Germany's Karslberg by Heinken and its partner Bayrische
Brauholding, but has also extended an investigation into alleged